Dagon's Bell and Other Discords Paperback – 4 Aug 1994
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About the Author
Brian Lumley is the internationally bestselling author of the Necroscope and Vampire World series. Both of these epics have gained a huge and loyal following and have demonstrated a breadth of imagination and scope to rival the greats: Poe, Lovecraft and King. A career British Army Military Policeman for over twenty years, he has been a full-time writer since the army.
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While it is clear, and clearly acknowledged by the author himself, that HP Lovecraft supplies the backdrop or inspiration to the majority of these stories I have to say that these are uniquely Lumley's creations. The plot or subject of each can vary quite a bit, for instance classic Lovecraftian weird tales, a suspenseful thriller, a short comic tale and those reminiscent of Necroscope and of course Titus Crowe. However they all have a style and pace which is undisputably Lumley's.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed every tale and the short paragraphs which prefaced each of them, there is a short introduction in which Lumley explains the title, the "discord" is the creation of unease as Lumley understands it.
All the stories are great, although I do have my undisputed favourites. A holidaying couple who find themselves at the mercy of some sleazey locals who can strand them on a remote beach, this was believeable, all too believeable and the final sentence left me wondering how exactly to consider all I'd read to that point. The "vampire" gypsy tale made me want to read Lumley's Necroscope series, as did the tale featuring Titus Crowe which reminded me of Dennis Wheatley occult novels and how much I loved them. Even the more blatantly Lovecraftian stories I liked better than some of the original source material. The only poor story is a single foray into science fiction but I had to remind myself that this story actually predates a lot of the other "grey goo" novels of which it reminded me of initially.
I recommend this to general readers, fans of horror, weird tales, HP Lovecraft or simple a really great paperback read. Great book. Absolutely great.
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